USDA Organic Chinese Foxtail Millet (Hulled)

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Foxtail millet is an ancient grain that has been consumed in China for over 8,000 years. It is one of the most alkalizing foods, and TCM has long maintained that it is the most nourishing grain for the human body. It contains a myriad of micronutrients, and as a complex carb with a low glycemic index, it won’t spike blood pressure and will keep you full and energized all day. 


Sourcing: It is 100% gluten-free and suitable for those with Celiacs disease or gluten sensitivity


Our USDA-certified organic millet is from northern China. The foxtail variety is preferred for porridge-making for its medicinal value and taste. 


Common Chinese Name: 粟米, 小米, 粟米, 小米 (Xiao Mi)

Common English Name: Chinese Foxtail Millet 

Scientific Name: Setaria italica

Common Form: tiny golden couscous-like grains 

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, Salty

TCM Energetics: Cool

Meridian Affiliation: Kidney, Spleen, Stomach

Nutritional Information:

207 calories per 1 cup cooked. 23% carbohydrates, 1% fiber, 2% protein. Contains 25%DV phosphorus, 19%DV magnesium, 8%DV Folate, 6%DV Iron, antioxidants

TCM Benefits:

  • Tonify the Middle Jiao: promotes digestion
  • Benefit the Kidneys
  • Clear heat and detoxify
  • Relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea 
  • Moisturize the body, quench thirst
  • Dispel wind, relieve skin rashes 

Functions:

Aids with:

  • coronary artery disorder
  • weight loss,
  • colon cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes and insulin resistance
  • insomnia
  • menstrual cramps
  • low breast milk production
  • sagging, inelastic skin

Cooking Suggestions:

  • Average serving is 1-2 oz uncooked.
  • Rinse before using
  • Consume in soup or congee, or morning porridge 
  • 1 cup millet with 3-4 cups liquid for thinner porridge
  • 1 cup millet with 1 cup liquid for rice
  • One serving = 1-2 oz millet
  • Pairs well with lotus seeds, yam and fu ling (茯苓).
  • Recipe recommendations: Savory Oat-Millet Porridge with Squash and Tahini

Notes and Safety:

  • Should not be eaten with xing ren (Chinese almonds), as it might cause vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • There are many different types of millet. Here we are referring to the Chinese foxtail millet, which is a small, bright yellow grain.